SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 4th

IT WAS APRIL 4th .. when Kate Smith began a new daily quarter-hour talk show in the noon hour at CBS radio…
When the ill-fated CBC-FM Network signed on, with connected stations only in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal…
When Johnny Carson quit The Tonight Show in a salary dispute with NBC. He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week!…
and when, after six years, the final episode of the WWII prison camp sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” aired on CBS TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on April 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Coquitlam’s Logan Williams, actor on’The Flash,’ Dies Suddenly at 16

According to the grieving mom, the ongoing coronavirus crisis has made it difficult for the family to mourn. “I am not able to hug my parents who lost their only grandchild,” Mrs. Williams said. “It’s hard.”

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Published on at 6:20 pm by Ron Robinson

Lloydminster’s Real Country 95.9 Lays Off 20 year vet Kurt Price

We fear he is not the last career broadcaster who will end up on the outside until the coronavirus emergency eventually ends.

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Published on at 11:55 am by Ron Robinson

John Barbour Talks & Sings About Lockdown!!!

John Barbour’s Brilliant & so so funny song

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Published on at 10:59 am by Radio Man

Hall of Fame Soul Singer Bill Withers Dies at 81

The mellifluous vocalist behind “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” succumbs to heart complications.

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Published on at 8:14 am by Ron Robinson

Stream Aid 2020 Raises Millions for Charity

Spearheaded by Toronto-based Enthusiast Gaming, the event had a diverse army of entertainment-industry stars diving head-first into eSports gaming on the Twitch platform, with performances by music megastars like John Legend adding to the digital festivities.

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Published on April 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm by clockwatcher

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 3rd

IT WAS APRIL 3rd … when two staples of NBC radio made their debuts three years apart, ‘Mr. District Attorney,’ and ‘People Are Funny’…
When the comedy team of (Dean) Martin & (Jerry) Lewis (pictured) began their own weekly series on NBC radio …
When radio station CKSA Lloydminster had its official grand opening, with 1000 watts at 1450 KHz…
and when John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the The NBC Nightly News, to be succeeded by the team of Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw as coanchors.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Longtime White Sox Radio Broadcaster Ed Farmer Passes Away at 70

“Ed Farmer was the radio voice of the Chicago White Sox for three decades, and he called no-hitters, perfect games and of course, a World Series championship,” said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf via team press release.

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Published on at 11:12 am by Ron Robinson

Northern BC Radio Icon Ron East Passes at 86

From Prince George to Smithers to Burns Lake to Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100-Mile, Ron East has been integral to radio’s viability up north for most of his life.

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Published on at 10:34 am by Ron Robinson

New Jersey Rocker Adam Schlesinger Dead at 52 from Coronavirus

With Fountains of Wayne — a group that blended power-pop delight with indie and alt-rock sensibilities — he released five albums between 1996 and 2011. During the same period, he released six albums with his other group, Ivy, all the while building a portfolio of TV and film music.

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Published on at 9:29 am by Ron Robinson